Keith chose this month's Posse dinner and we went with a bit of an unorthodox choice in comparison to our usual dining choices: Helen's JAD (Just Another Dive) Bar and Grill. We drove past this nondescript Armour Road tavern more than a few times and admittedly didn't give it much of a second thought, but one day I saw that it had been voted Best Tavern In The Northland, so I took a shot and searched for Helen's on Yelp. I was pleasantly surprised to learn Helen's scored some righteous reviews for food and service; frequently lauded as a local "best-kept secret" (Yelp gets a bad rap these days, but I have to say this is one example of why I'm glad it exists). Helen's has actually been around for a long time; one of the oldest in the Midwest. It was built in 1885 and has been a popular tavern since the 40's. Word is they tried to remove Helen's name at one point, until a vocal contingent convinced them otherwise.
So hit it up we Posse crew did and I have to say, we enjoyed the hell out of it. It was a chill spot but with some cool decor, particularly the Boulevard-inspired wall murals and wooden tables.
Great things can come from unassuming dive bars...great moments with cherished friends, killer grub and soul-stirring music among them. Just another dive? Not to me.